by Sherri Mitchell, NativeNewsOnlilne.net
Tribal Chiefs from four tribal communities in Maine gathered outside the State House in Augusta this morning, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, surrounded by a large contingent of tribal members and allies. Following their arrival, a delegation of tribal members was sent into the House Chamber where legislative representatives from both the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe were called out of session by a directive from tribal leaders. Then, in an historic move, the tribal legislative representatives from each tribe read prepared statements, severing their ties with the State of Maine and relinquishing their seats in the State Legislature. After reading the statements, the two tribal representatives stood and left the chamber, followed by numerous supporters from both sides of the aisle.
“We have gone to great lengths to demonstrate good faith and cooperation, only to be lied to,” said Fred Moore, tribal chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, during a rally following the event outside the State House.
Chief, Kirk Francis, from the Penobscot Nation announced: “We have gotten on our knees for the last time, from here on out, we are a self-governing organization, focused on a self-determining path.”
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